The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Some of the most important players in the international wireless industry gathered in St. John’s NF last week for a conference on the applications of wireless technologies in everyday life. Approximately 400 people attended the Wireless Vision Congress, a mere two weeks after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Industry Canada sent nearly its entire spectrum management branch to the convention, and the CWTA had almost its full staff present excluding a handful of personnel left behind in Ottawa. In stark contrast, Canada’s telecommunications regulator only saw fit to send one regional staffer. Clearly, the CRTC should have had a larger and more prominent presence. The FCC has only five commissioners and one of them, Kathleen Abernathy, made the trip. While Canada hosted some of the world’s most important wireless people, it’s embarrassing that its own telecom regulator had no real presence. While some might argue that the CRTC has only a limited role to play in wireless telecom since Industry Canada is responsible for spectrum management, the commission does have oversight over two licensed wireless CLECs – Microcell and Telus Mobility, inherited from Clearnet. It also deals with issues common to both wireline and wireless telcos, including local number portability, interconnection, E911, and others. It is true that no specific CRTC-wireless industry issues were official topics of discussion, but as Canada’s telecom regulator, it’s a no-brainer that at least one of the 13 CRTC commissioners should have attended. Preferably, that commissioner should have been David Colville, acting CRTC chair and regional commissioner for Atlantic Canada. If he was unavailable, then at least one of the other more experienced commissioners should have made the trip in his place. Some industry insiders say the Canadian wireless industry is already treated with disregard by the commission. The fact that none of the CRTC’s decision-makers traveled to St. John’s will probably serve to exacerbate an already tenuous relationship. Strike it up to protocol or whatever you want, but the commission should have been there, simple as that.